Spotlight Articles

Outstanding articles that are not necessarily linked to one particular game, but may have broad appeal to gamers.

Winter of Wargaming 2017 Wrapup - Podcast

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Three Moves Ahead, Episode #389 - Rob and Bruce wrap up this year's winter of wargaming by looking back at some of the games they played and some of the trends they've seen in the wargame space. From boutique games to the pros and cons of computer wargaming, they cover a wide array of topics on their favorite hobby. Does a narrow scope limit a game's design or does it open up new possibilities? How well can you really simulate a given scenario?

Notes on Games with Sequential Moves

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Paul Owen, writing for his Man Overboard blog, pens a fairly deep analysis of strategic games involving sequential moves (i.e. those in which each player's decision happens in the context of knowing opponents' previous decisions). This is actually the second post in a series exploring games of strategy, begun last month, that is co-authored by designers Aaron Honsowetz and Austin Smokowicz...

1066 Project (leading to the Battle of Hastings).

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William the Conqueror is coming! Norm, of Battlefields and Warriors, is designing using the accretive process, with the goal being a battle of Hastings game later this year. Follow his thoughts on figures, terrain and rules: "Oh Dear! To be both blessed and cursed by choice!"

Reflections on (another) McGill megagame

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This year's rules "...facilitated the sort of creative, emergent gameplay that is at the heart of a successful megagame." Rex Brynen of Paxsims gives an AAR on the War in Binni Megagame, held at McGill University on February 11th . Apparently the event was a great success, and had a strange twist: "Little did the players know that, hidden among the participants were a small group of secret cultists."

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Grognard News

Decision Games Errata

A treasure trove (i.e. "backlog") of old Decision Games errata has been entrusted to me for publication. Please check back often over the next few weeks for new items on your favorite Decision Games titles.

New Search Features

Now you can search for specific games (or games by publisher) using the new Game Search feature, located at the top right corner of the this page. In addition you can now harness the power of Google to search the entire Grognard.com site for any specific information you'd like. Just enter a search word or phrase into the Google box labeled "Search All of Grognard.com" and click magnifying glass button. Search features will continue to be improved and enhanced going forward so check back often to see the latest stuff.

Grognard Originals

In addition to our links to great content all around the internet, expect to see more Grognard.com "originals" in the future.

The U.S. Civil War: Game Replay - Part 3

The 3rd and final session in the replay series, covering game turns 6 through 8, Summer and Fall of 1862. Harvey Mossman plays the Union and Mark D. the Confederates. Written by Mark D. for Grognard.com.

The U.S. Civil War: Game Replay - Part 2

Continuing with the full campaign game of "The U.S. Civil War". We have completed 5 full turns, i.e. through the Spring 1862 turn, and the Confederates are still hanging in there. This is the second installment, penned by Mark D. for Grognard.com, which covers game turns 3, 4 and 5.

The U.S. Civil War: Game Replay - Part 1

We started a new campaign game of "The U.S. Civil War" last Sunday and I'm going to attempt to submit a brief replay summary each week. This first installment, penned by Mark D. for Grognard.com, covers the first two turns of the game (Summer 1861)

Grognard.com: No Safe Harbor Review

Mark D. pens a review of Paul Rohrbaugh's "No Safe Harbor: The Raid on Darwin", published by Against the Odds/LPS.

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Grognard Challenge

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All about Grognard.com!

About Grognard.com

To quote the Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd ed:- Grognard: A soldier of Napoleon's Old Guard; a veteran soldier; grumbler (French). 'Grognard' is also slang for someone who likes playing wargames.


INTRODUCTION

'Grognard' is derivative slang for someone who likes playing wargames. 'Grognard.com' therefore has a unique collection of various conflict simulation game (i.e. wargame) information, including (but not limited to) rules errata and variants, game reviews and links to relevant web sites. The emphasis is on board wargames, but miniatures, computer and card-based wargames are also covered.


Who We Are

Beginning in December 2013, this site has been owned and operated by Mark D'Agosta. The site was conceived and capably operated by Alan Poulter from 1995 through January 2013. From January to early December 2013, the site was entrusted to caretaker Jason Pipes who "kept the lights on" during that period.

After undergoing an extensive re-design, the new Grognard.com was unveiled in February 2014 and has been active as a reliable gaming resource since then. Currently the site is maintained by:

  • Mark D'Agosta - Site owner and administrator.
  • Doug Holt - Assistant site administrator, developer and contributor.
  • Ed Sommers - Database administrator and contributor.

Content Updates

Grognard.com used to only be updated weekly, on Sundays, but starting in February 2014, we have moved to a "continuous update" model, so new shares and submissions will be posted on an "as received" basis, which means as soon after receipt as possible. This site depends on shares/submissions for new material, so please contribute if you can. New instructions for sharing/submitting items can be found on the 'Share' page.



The Grognard Challenge

Each Sunday, sometime between 12:01 AM and 11:59 PM, Grognard.com runs a competition known as the Grognard Challenge which challenges site visitors to identify a board game from pictures of its map and units. There are no prizes, :-( but the first person to submit a correct response using will have their name added to a winners list. Find out all about the current and past winners on the Grognard Challenge page.


Other Wargaming Resources

Jim Dunnigan's book The Complete Wargames Handbook, and SPI's Introduction to War Gaming (PDF file, 20mb) are dated, but still useful introductions to board wargaming. Another insight into the hobby is an Analysis of Top Wargames, 1958-2008 (PDF), based on data from Boardgamegeek. Finally, the British fanzine The Phoenix covers the SPI era in detail.

As far as video resources, you can watch a TV story on board wargaming featuring CABS (Columbus Area Boardgaming Society), a promotional film for board wargaming made by SPI in the 1970s and a film about The Sentry Box game store in Calgary.

The book 'Simulating War', by Professor Philip Sabin of Kings College London, is recomended as it "sets wargaming in the context of established scholarly techniques such as mathematical modelling, operational research, game theory and role playing, and explains how it unites all of these approaches in a synergistic whole". Other textbooks for game designers are Designing Modern Strategy Games and Modern Perspectives on Game Design, both by George Phillies and Tom Vasel. Finally, The Grog News blog is a useful source source of news relating games to reality.

You are also encouraged to check out "Tactical Wargamer's Journal", a periodical print publication by Michael A. Dorosh which can be purchased through his Tactical Wargamer web site. It covers all aspects of commercial tactical wargaming, and is a great resource for those interested in the hobby. Michael's site contains a wealth of information on books, board games, computer games, miniatures rules, publishers, role playing games and more. The Tactical Wargamer Web Site is well worth the time spent perusing.


Free Wargames to Get You Started

Of course there's no better introduction to board wargaming than actually playing one! Here are links to two free board wargames that you can "print and play": First Blood and Battle for Moscow.